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DJ Monkeyboy shucks his banana to FANBOYS!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with AICN's first FANBOYS review. Although last night Frosty Skywalker sent me a link to his Review of FANBOYS! He seems to have loved the film - and this guy seems to have enjoyed the hell out of it too. I can't wait to see this film and see the cinematic portrayal of moi. And some of my lessor spies. Here's DJ Monkeyboy - his review is basically spoiler free. Here ya go...

Hey Harry, first time reviewer here..

Caught a screening last night of FANBOYS here in Woodland Hills, CA.

For those who aren't familiar, this is the story about four friends, all of whom have a deep passion for all things Star Wars, that drifted apart after high school ended and the real world intruded. When one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer, they come together and head west to california to break in the Skywalker Ranch and steal the rough cut of the long awaited Episode I (the film takes place in 1998, btw..)

In a nutshell, the movie was very entertaining. It kept consistent with the humor, despite coming dangerously close to veering off into sentimental schmaltz more than a few times. I would say that it felt like a tv movie, but that could also be because the print we saw last night was actually projected on video.

The characters were all very likable, if not a little too thin. You have the lead character, Eric, the prodigal friend who left the circle after high school to work with his father at his car dealerships. (Christopher McDonald, always reliable as the over the top father) And you have the former best friend, Linus, who finds out he only has three months to live. Both are pretty much cookie cutter with not much given to do except argue with each other. All the comic relief rests on the shoulders of the other two friends: Windows, the tall, lanky nerd with thick glasses who runs his own comic book store, and, most memorably, Hutch, the short, stout, very hairy, RUSH-lovin firecracker who owns the van that the four guys take the road trip in. The vehicle is one of the best parts of the movie. It's all tricked out like a millinium falcon on wheels. As much as i loved Hutch, he is what i'm afraid is about to become a painful cliche: the Jack Black role..yeesh.

But like i said, the comedy keeps it truckin along. They're are some VERY funny set pieces, one of which includes the ongoing fued between 'Lucas-hounds' and 'trekkies'. And the film references and cameos are never-ending and always welcomed. The crowd i saw this with loved it and ate it up.

And of course, there is the appearance of the"Harry Knowles" character, which was personally my favorite part of the movie. It was pretty cool seing "you" kick some ass like a sand-person on steroids. The guy behind me muttered "yeah, kick that talkbacker's ass".. He said it, i didn't!!

Sorry kinda short, but i didn't want to reveal too much, especially with the cameos.

call me dj monkeyboy..

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  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    First?

    by NubtheSquirrel

    Can't wait to see this movie!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    second

    by Darth_Baltar

    oh boy

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:27 p.m. CST

    sandperson on steriods?

    by Darth_Baltar

    bantha poo doo i say

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:29 p.m. CST

    was it harry or the 'harry' from Entourage?

    by Darth_Baltar

    coz that guy did a better harry than harry does... ...least he got three leather clad babes so as to not knock Aquafag...

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'm so there on opening day...

    by InsidePulse.com

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Sounds fun...

    by OldBoy

    and kudos to Harry for being an official character. Any idea on how to catch a screening?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    This movie is about...

    by droog

    People desperately trying to see a movie that most rational people are desperately trying to forget. Aside from the fact that Kristen Bell is in it, I can't imagine who it would appeal to, outside of the Star Wars fanbase who has convinced themselves that the prequels are anything but trash. It's criminal that this got fast-tracked while the superior indie 5-25-77 still languishes without a release. Truly sad.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:33 p.m. CST

    The movie

    by TequilaMocking

    addresses the fact that TPM may not have been amazing.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST

    I skipped this for, of all things,

    by BitterMan23

    a test of American Pie 5. Sounds like itll be a nerd movie, so ill see it with nerds, not focus groups.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I really hope the guy dies before he sees the movie.

    by rbatty024

    I mean this in a kind way. It would suck if Episode I was the last movie you saw before you died.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:47 p.m. CST

    What's With the Names?

    by Playhouse

    Does everybody in a "geek" movie have to have weird and unusual names? Does that make them more geek?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    And Kristen Bell isn't even mentioned in the review...

    by DanielKurland

    Or maybe I missed it.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 8:22 p.m. CST

    abomination...Yet it's still a classic

    by Orionsangels

    Whether for being bad or because of the hype it got. No matter what. It's a famous classic turd now.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Please tell me...

    by Hairy Nutsack

    ...that we see them sitting in the theater from behind ripping on the movie MST3K style. In fact, wouldn't that have been a better movie all around? I dunno, but I do want to see this.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Why is Tony Dungy Punching Snake-Harry?

    by couchtrip105

    I don't understand why an animated Indianapolis Colt Head coach Tony Dungy is punching animated Snake-Harry in the corner of my computer screen.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Last

    by Forestal

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Kristen Bell is cute in this.

    by DarthCorleone

    She's basically the hot geek girl that we all dream about but who doesn't actually exist - not unlike Audie England's character in Free Enterprise. Oh, and the movie is o.k. Worth watching for the hardcore Star Wars fans, although it felt a little cliche. That is, it's mostly stuff that we Star Wars nerds have already said to each other; it doesn't feel particulary fresh. Still, I recommend it. The two best cameos in particular are very good.

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Jar Jar

    by DonnieDorko

    Was not a pirate.

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    twist

    by GreatWhite

    Maybe there's a twist at the end. They see the movie, then the dying guy says, "Well, hell. I might die, but, by God, I'm taking George Lucas with me." And then they go and get knives, and the final scene is them slinking down a darkened corridor toward George's study, where he sits writing Episode II, writing the scene where C3-PO says "What a drag". George is chuckling to himself, thinking how clever he is, and the door creaks open, and there the guys are with their knives, and the dying guy says, "Hello. I'm your biggest fan." And George looks at him, and George's face goes pale. Then the dying guy says, "Mesa just kidding. Jar Jar was awesome!" And they all start dancing to disco music Simpsons-style. Or maybe not.

  • Aug. 20, 2006, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by PirateEmery

    "yeah, kick that talkbacker's ass" That kinda sounds like a threat...

  • Aug. 20, 2006, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Smells like a direct-to-DVD

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    It may premiere at a few screens, but I can't see this opening wide or being promoted much. It sounds like it will be like Free Enterprise (in terms of how it will be promoted and distributed).

  • Aug. 20, 2006, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Ugh.. might make me barf actually

    by Hate_Speech

    super cheese

  • Aug. 20, 2006, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I hope there's a twist end...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    The kid beats cancer, renounces all things Star Wars because of how terrible the prequels are, and the final scene is the gang waiting in line for Return of the King and debating with a group of Harry Potter fans. The End.

  • Aug. 20, 2006, 8 p.m. CST

    RE:I really hope the guy dies before he sees the movie.

    by Mace Tofu

    " ...It would suck if Episode I was the last movie you saw before you died." Here is a news clip on YouTube about Star Wars fans who saved the first place in line for E1 for a dead guy. Lucky for him... http://tinyurl.com/g54tt

  • Aug. 20, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST

    That's a dirty little article title!

    by Wolfpack

  • Aug. 21, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST

    American Pie 5?

    by jim

    That dead horse has been beaten so much it must be liquid by now.

  • Aug. 21, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I second that, Playhouse

    by jim

    I cringed a bit when I read those names. Windows? Did he give himself that name or did his friends? If the latter, why would they still be his friends?